Summary [..] − State authorities should highlight their strong political will and commitment to fight all forms of racism and discrimination as well as their vigilance and sensitivity to the dynamics of multiculturalism and identity changes faced by its society; − The Government should promote a profound process of multiculturalism based on the recognition and … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on integration), 2008"
I. GENERAL BACKGROUND A. Historical and political context 4. Lithuania has existed as an independent political entity and internationally recognized nation for many centuries, with the first reference to Lithuania as a nation dating back to 1009. Lithuanian statehood first emerged with the creation of the Kingdom of Lithuania in 1253, which extended into modern-day … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on language), 2008"
I. GENERAL BACKGROUND [..] A. Historical and political context [..] 10. After the restoration of its independence on 11 March 1990, Lithuania engaged in a rapprochement with its Western neighbours, both on economic and political grounds. On the economic front, far-reaching economic reforms started, including privatization, to move thecountry towards an open economy integrated in … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on international law), 2008"
II. LEGAL FRAMEWORK, PUBLIC POLICIES AND VIEWS OF STATE OFFICIALS A. The legal and institutional framework to combat racism and racial discrimination [..] The Law on Equal Treatment and the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson [..] 29. The Ombudsperson informed the Special Rapporteur that a considerable part of her activities also refer to awareness-raising, particularly dissemination of … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on media), 2008"
Summary [..] However, the Special Rapporteur found areas of concern, particularly regarding historical minorities like people of Russian descent and some vulnerable groups, notably Romas and non-European new migrants. In particular, he noted with concern the profound discrimination faced by the Roma community, particularly in the fields of employment, education and housing. [..] − The … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on education and employment), 2008"
Introduction [..] 2. Apart from the agenda with the Government and State institutions, the Special Rapporteur also had extensive meetings with representatives of civil society organizations that are active in the realm of racism and xenophobia, minority communities as well as victims of racism andracial discrimination. He visited Roma and Jewish communities in Vilnius and … Continue reading "Visit report by the Special Rapporteur on racism (excerpts on Anti-Semitism and religion), 2008"